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12 Invaluable Resources for Mastering Your Mixes


When I repeat myself, there’s usually a reason behind it.

The reason is usually that you either haven’t heard it before, or the knowledge was so good to begin with it doesn’t need to be repackaged.

This week Ian Shepherd is opening up his Home Mastering Masterclass for new students. If you’ve been following my ramblings for a while you might have caught some of the things I’m about to show you.

Even if you have it might be worthwhile to check out some of the resources below to freshen up your knowledge on mastering.

And if you haven’t seen any of these articles before you’re in for a treat.

So without further ado, I give you my 12 Invaluable Resources for Mastering Your Mixes.

  1. What is Mastering?
  2. 5 Easy to Use Tips for Mastering at Home
  3. How to Master Any Genre You Want
  4. The Most Difficult Thing About Mastering is…
  5. Warning: Why is Everybody Yelling in Here?!?
  6. The Lazy Mixing Engineer’s Guide to Mastering
  7. The 5 Plug-in Mastering Chain for Engineers Who Don’t Really Master Their Mixes
  8. Why Normalization is NOT Mastering
  9. Two World Class Methods of Mastering an Amazing Album
  10. The Jedi Master and His Insanely Useful Mastering Course
  11. 40 Minutes of Exclusive Info from a World Class Mastering Engineer
  12. Extreme Makeover – Your Music Edition

And lastly, just in case you’re afraid of taking the step to mastering your own mixes, take this test I did a while ago to see if you’re ready to overcome your fears:

Answer yes or no to the following statements if they apply to you:

  • I don’t know how to get the correct EQ balance when I try to master my songs.
  • I just put some plug-ins like a limiter, some compression and EQ on without really knowing what they’re doing.
  • I don’t know how to make my mixes LOUD without being SQUASHED.
  • I overload my mastering chain with effect I don’t necessarily need.
  • When it comes to mastering, I don’t really know where to start.
  • When it comes to mastering, I don’t know in which order I should put my plug-ins.
  • I wish I could understand what all the meters are trying to tell me when I’m mastering.
  • I’m afraid I won’t be able to make a good master because of my monitors and my room.
  • I’m afraid of overcompressing my master without knowing it.
  • I don’t know where to put the EQ boosts or cuts in my masters.
  • I’m afraid that I won’t have enough headroom available in the end when I’m mastering.
  • I want to get a richer sound out of my masters.
  • I want to get the levels of my mixes to same same consistent volume.
  • I want to try and make my masters comparable to commercial records.
  • I have a big problem dealing with the mid-range when I’m mastering.
  • I struggle with getting a wide enough mix.
  • I want to get the right professional volume without losing dynamics in my songs.
  • I use mastering presets without really knowing what they’re doing to the song.

How did you do?

If you answered yes to even just a few of those statements I urge you to get over your fears and learn to master your mixes in your home studio.

Don’t let insecurity overcome your potential to make great sounding music.

Want to Learn to Master in the Box?

I don’t know about you but I do all my mastering in the box. All inside my computer, with only plug-ins.

I’m sure you’re the same way?

Well…ok, maybe not all of you. Some of you might be holding out until analog becomes the standard again?

Who knows, it happened to vinyl so it might happen to your outboard gear too!

Me? I’m not holding out. I’m mastering In. The. Box.

If you’ve been trying to get your masters to sound better, using the plug-ins you already have then you’re probably interested in the latest mastering tutorial from The Pro Audio Files.

It’s called Mastering in the Box (natch!) and is taught by Los Angeles musician and engineer Ian Vargo.

The course includes:

Thirteen topic-specific workshops and eight walkthroughs in various genres, plus all the song files so you can practice alongside.

Whether you’re an aspiring mastering engineer or a producer/mixer looking to add that extra spice/competitiveness/love to your music, this course shows you how to get it there and drastically elevate the quality of your work.


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At Audio Issues you’ll learn simple and practical audio production tips you can use right away to improve your music from your home recording studio.  Björgvin is the best-selling author of Step By Step Mixing and the founder of Audio Issues. He helps musicians and producers turn amateur demos into professionally produced records they can be proud to release.

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